Movie producer and Stingomania Records boss Ope Banwo is reportedly suing Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic for one Billion Naira (N1,000,000,000) over an alleged infringement of the company’s rights on the Dagrin biopic ‘Ghetto Dreamz’.
Banwo’s who produced the movie, alleges through his PR rep Bigsam Media that the full length of the movie was played ‘on over 71 international routes of the airline, the video content and soundtracks were also played in their office, they uploaded a trailer and exhibited a poster of the movie on two of their websites including www.virgin-atlantic.com/ng, virginatlantic.mymovies.net; firstname.lastname@example.org’.
The Stingomania C.E.O also claims that the contents of the movie and particulars were also published in their inflight magazines circulated across all routes, travel agencies and inflight.
‘Justice Adah of the Federal High Court sitting at the Ikeja Judicial Division, Alausa, Lagos, only this morning granted an exparte order restraining the Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd whether by themselves, agents, privies, management, directors, pilots, flight crew etc from infringing or continuing to infringe the copyright in any audio, performance, soundtrack, cinematograph rights and audio-visual musical recordings of the plaintiff, Ope Banwo, as well as his literary rights particularly as contained in his work being the movie titled ‘’Ghetto Dreamz’’ as particularly described in the schedule to the application on the Defendants international air fleet as presently aired in – flight, as published in Seat-Back Magazine and websites pending the determination of the Motion on Notice for interlocutory injunction’, the statement reads.
According to the statement, Banwo has sued for N1BN as compensation; N5M as the cost of prosecution while he also requested for the court to mandate the defendants to publish apologies in three national newspapers, on the defendants’ websites and in their inflight magazine.
We could not immediately get an official response from Virgin. A NET reporter placed a call to the airline’s official contact number but was told by a lady named Amanda to call back to speak with the appropriate personnel. ‘Please call back on Tuesday, to speak with Scott Ebenett’.
The statement also says that the court has granted the exparte order while the matter is adjourned to March 12, 2012.
‘GHETTO DREAMZ’, the biopic based on the life of the late rapper Dagrin which stars budding music act Trybson Dudukoko, AMAA winner, Doris Simeon, Rachael Oniga, Pa Kasumu, Kenny St. Brown, Jaywon, Gabriel Afolayan and fast rising Oyindamola Odesola among others hit the cinemas in April 2011 as part of the first anniversary memorial project in honour of the late rapper.
|A snapshot of the Virgin Atlantic movie portal where 'Ghetto Dreamz' was profiled|
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